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Steve Willis Named President Of Steamatic, Inc. »

September 03, 2014 at 4:00AM PDT | Source: Steamatic

September 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Worth, Texas – Steamatic, Inc., the industry leader in cleaning and restoration services in more than 500 franchise territories in the United States and 25 countries around the world, recently named Steve Willis President of the global organization. The announcement was made by former President Bill Sims, who will now assume the role of Chairman.
Willis was previously Steamatic's Executive Vice President. When he joined Steamatic in 2012, he brought more than 20 years' experience in cleaning, restoration and the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) industry, with extensive knowledge of sales and operations. Willis' industry certifications include NADCA's Air System Cleaning Specialist and ACAC's Certified IAQ Manager...

SONIC Infuses Fresh, Unique Flavors In Chicken Lineup With New Cheesy Pub Chicken Sandwich »

September 02, 2014 at 11:26AM PDT | Source: Sonic Drive-In

Available Crispy, Grilled or as a Burger to Satisfy Fall Cravings
OKLAHOMA CITY - September 2, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ:SONC) continues to build its variety of premium chicken menu items with the introduction of the new Cheesy Pub Chicken Sandwich. With rich, cheesy flavors blended together perfectly atop the quality chicken fans have come to expect from SONIC, this is a flavor-packed sandwich that delivers when fall comfort food cravings call.The Cheesy Pub Chicken Sandwich is made with a 100 percent all-white meat grilled or crispy chicken breast topped with a pub style cheddar cheese sauce, sliced white cheddar cheese, zesty caramelized onion sauce with fresh lettuce and tomato, all sandwiched together in SONIC's signature ciabatta bun made with whole grain...

Pinot's Palette Introduces New 'Spokes-Pig' »

September 02, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Pinot's Palette

Fast-Growing Paint-And-Sip Franchise to Host Social Media Contest for Naming Miniature Pig
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston – Pinot's Palette has a new mascot and it needs a name. As a result, the rapidly-expanding paint-and-sip franchise known for providing guests with an entertaining evening of art and wine, is launching a social media contest to ask fans to help name the miniature potbelly pig with colorful nails and a zest for painting.
According to Beth Willis, chief creative officer and co-founder of Pinot's Palette, the paint-and-sip brand chose the small omnivore, no bigger than an average-sized puppy, as the official spokes-pig because the miniature pig is the perfect addition to the Pinot's family and another fun way to enhance guests' experience...

Baskin-Robbins Invites Guests To “Fall” In Love With New September Flavor Of The Month And Seasonal Frozen Treats »

September 02, 2014 at 10:41AM PDT | Source: Baskin Robbins

Baskin-Robbins also Celebrates One of the Most Popular Birthday Months of the Year with Festive and Delicious Ice Cream Cakes
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass. – Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is helping guests get ready for the fall season with its new September Flavor of the Month, Pumpkin Cheesecake. This new addition offers a twist on classic fall flavor favorites and features pumpkin and cheesecake-flavored ice cream, ginger snap cookie pieces and a cinnamon cream cheese ribbon.
Baskin-Robbins is also offering guests a mouth-watering variety of seasonal ice cream flavors this fall at select participating shops nationwide:

German Chocolate Cake: Swiss chocolate ice cream with coconut, walnut pieces, fudge brownie pieces and caramel ribbon...

Leading Travel Company To Award Five Caribbean Cruises Aboard Norwegian's Newest Ship »

September 02, 2014 at 10:37AM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Five Winners to be Selected as Part of Expedia CruiseShipCenters' Annual Contest
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - September 02, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) -There's nothing more blissful than cruising to the warm sandy beaches of the Caribbean with your significant other, family member or best friend – especially when the trip is for free. Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia Inc., the largest travel company in the world – is gearing up for its annual contest and will be awarding five winners with the unforgettable opportunity to set sail on Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, Norwegian Getaway.
From September 1 through October 31, entries can be submitted in-store at any of Expedia CruiseShipCenters' 180 locations or by visiting the contest entry page at www...

Mamma Mia! Pie Five Pizza Unveils Another Delicioso Masterpiece - The Meatball Ricotta Pie »

September 02, 2014 at 10:33AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Trend-setting fast-casual pizza chain showcases the flavors of Italy for a limited time only.
DALLAS - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - When the time came to create his latest limited-time sensation, Pie Five Pizza Chef Andy Wittman turned to a true Renaissance man – his beloved and slightly cantankerous great-uncle Luigi.
Luigi, you see, is a true Italian, with tomato sauce coursing through his veins. So when Andy and Uncle Luigi decided to collaborate, the results were molto buona!
Today, Pie Five introduces their Meatball Ricotta Pie, a masterful combination of smoked provolone and mozzarella blend, zesty, all-natural and organic marinara sauce, topped with hand-pinched ricotta cheese and authentic Italian style meatballs and fresh, hand-cut red and green peppers...

Hyatt Regency Sochi Celebrates Opening »

September 02, 2014 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

198-room hotel marks first Hyatt property in Sochi
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Sochi, the third Hyatt-branded hotel in Russia. The 198-room hotel offers stunning panoramic city and sea views and caters to business and leisure guests.
"The opening of Hyatt Regency Sochi marks a significant step forward in expanding our brand presence in Russia, a country that is rapidly becoming a burgeoning business and leisure destination," said Peter Norman, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development for Hyatt in the Europe, Africa, and Middle East region. "The new hotel will help to redefine the standard for hotels in Sochi, bringing an unprecedented level of quality, service and innovation to the city...

Famous Philly Burger Bar PYT Announces International Franchising Partnership »

September 02, 2014 at 10:23AM PDT | Source: PYT Burger

PYT Burger Teams Up With Fransmart To Bring Burger Bar Concept To Worldwide Markets
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // Philadelphia, PA - PYT Burger, 'Home To America's Craaaziest Burgers' and the world's only burger joint serving your burger on a fresh donut bun, is expanding worldwide. PYT owners Tommy Up & Sarah Brown's neighborhood Philadelphia burger bar has gained a cult-like regional following and international fame for their insanely inventive creations, like the Deep-Fried Twinkie Burger, Donut Cheesesteak Burger & decadent spiked Adultshakes™.
PYT has partnered with Fransmart, the industry leading franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Qdoba Mexican Grill, to expand its unique and exciting brand internationally...

On The Border® Teams Up With No Kid Hungry To Help End Childhood Hunger In America »

September 02, 2014 at 10:02AM PDT | Source: On The Border

Funds Raised at OTB from September 2-9 Support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Ccampaign
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TEXAS – In America, 1 out of 5 children struggle with hunger. On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina® is supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign by raising funds at its restaurants.
From September 2-9, On The Border guests will have the option to add a donation to their check. Also, there will information placed on every table to help educate guests about the cause.
"On The Border is extremely proud to participate in such a positive campaign," said Ward Whitworth, President of On The Border. "I am certain our guests will be more than willing to contribute to this great cause...

Red Robin Sizzles With New Beam®-N-Bacon Boozy Shake »

September 02, 2014 at 9:57AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

The Gourmet Burger Authority™ Serves Up Sweet and Savory Shake Paired with Southern-inspired Premium Burger for Fall
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - This fall, the south is in the house at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) with a new milkshake and burger sure to satisfy a guest's sweet (and savory) tooth! Beginning now through Nov. 2, guests 21-and-over can enjoy the new Beam®-N-Bacon Boozy Shake made with Jim Beam® Maple Bourbon, caramel and vanilla soft serve blended to perfection and topped with bacon bits and a strip of candied bacon. This one-of-a-kind shake pairs perfectly with the Southern Charm Burger™, the newest addition to Red Robin's Finest™ premium burger line served with a side of Southern hospitality...

Einstein Bros.® Bagels Kicks Off National Pumpkin Bagel Bash This Fall »

September 02, 2014 at 9:39AM PDT | Source: Einstein Bros

LAKEWOOD, Colo.- (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sep. 2, 2014 - Fall is in the air at Einstein Bros. Bagels! Starting today, restaurant locations across the country will kick-off the 2014 Pumpkin Bagel Bash celebrating the much anticipated return of Einstein Bros.' one of a kind pumpkin bagel and other delicious pumpkin favorites. This year's Pumpkin Bagel Bash features fresh-baked pumpkin bagels and sweets, double-whipped pumpkin shmear, as well as freshly brewed Autumn Roast Coffee and their signature hot, iced or frozen Pumpkin Latte. Einstein Bros.' Pumpkin Bagel Bash menu will be available at all participating locations through November while supplies last.
"Pumpkin has become synonymous with fall and we are delighted to bring back our flavorful offerings that resonate with consumers," said Glenn Lunde, Chief Concept Officer for Einstein Noah Restaurant Group...

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza Set To Open 40th Restaurant »

September 02, 2014 at 9:36AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Adds Nine Franchise Groups & Grows Development Pipeline to 315 Units in 33 States & D.C.
September 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // LOS ANGELES, CA - Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza, the nation's largest and fastest growing build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that its 40th restaurant is set to open next month in San Diego, CA. The fast-casual pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, also announced that it has signed nine new area development agreements that will add 67 franchise restaurants to its pipeline. In total, Blaze Pizza now has commitments to open 315 company-owned and franchised units in 33 states and Washington, D.C.
The first Blaze Pizza restaurant opened on August 6, 2012 in Irvine, CA - just over two years ago...

Smoothie King Recognizes Franchisee Of The Year »

September 02, 2014 at 9:23AM PDT | Source: Smoothie King
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Leading Smoothie Concept Honors Family-Run, Multi-Unit Franchisee for Dedication to the Brand 
NEW ORLEANS - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire - Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional retail lifestyle center, announced its Franchisee of the Year during its annual conference in New Orleans, where more than 1,000 corporate team members, franchise partners and partner vendors franchise partners and partner vendors from all over the world gathered. This year, David and Dawn Cotrone and their son David Cotrone, Jr., were recognized for their exceptional operations, sales and contributions to the success of the Smoothie King brand.
"We are pleased to honor the Cotrones for their commitment and dedication to Smoothie King and for inspiring people to live a healthy and active lifestyle," said Smoothie King Global CEO Wan Kim...

Chicken Salad Chick Huntsville One Week Away »

September 02, 2014 at 8:58AM PDT | Source: Chicken Salad Chick

Southern Fast-Casual Restaurant Concept to Open Additional Alabama Franchise
Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's newest, fast-casual restaurant concept, is scheduled to open its new franchise location in Huntsville next week on September 9th. The new restaurant will be located in Westbury Square at 975 Airport Road SW, Suite J-1, Huntsville, Alabama 35802.
"We are so excited to open our first Huntsville location and add it to the growing Chicken Salad Chick community throughout the Southeast," said Kevin Brown, president of Chicken Salad Chick. "Huntsville has been on our radar for a while now, and we could not be more pleased that the Calcotes will be sharing our concept there."
The Huntsville restaurant is owned by franchisees Bob and Terry Calcote of Seriously Southern, LLC...

Zaxby's Teams Up With 'The Identical' For Its First Major Motion Picture Partnership »

September 02, 2014 at 8:50AM PDT | Source: Zaxby's

Southeast-based restaurant chain offers free music downloads from the soundtrack of the film starring Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.
(PRWEB) August 31, 2014 - For the first time ever, Zaxby's – a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains – has partnered with a major motion picture. To celebrate the launch of the movie, The Identical, Zaxby's is offering a free song download from the movie's soundtrack each week at participating locations from now through Sept. 28. Rolling out in theatres Sept. 5, The Identical is an inspiring drama set in the South in the 1950s during rock 'n' roll's heyday.
As an extension of the partnership, race fans will recognize the film title from the Zaxby's team car, which has been carrying movie graphics since July 19...

USA Insulation Opens New Franchise Location In Rockland County, NY »

September 02, 2014 at 8:44AM PDT | Source: USA Insulation

Eastlake, OH (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - USA Insulation, the country’s largest retrofit insulation company, opens a new location in Suffern, New York on September 2, 2014. Franchise owners David Nagy and Mark Wanamaker will be providing homeowners in Rockland County, New York and neighboring Bergen County, New Jersey with the most energy efficient insulation available - USA Insulation’s proprietary Premium Foam Insulation and will deliver superior customer service to each and every customer.
"We look forward to working with David and Mark to further develop the USA Insulation brand in New York and New Jersey says Patrick Pitrone, USA Insulation President. "With the cold winters and hot humid summers the area experiences, and with numerous older homes, many of which have no insulation at all, USA Premium Foam Insulation will be able to help homeowners achieve greater comfort in their homes while substantially lowering their monthly energy bills...

Budget Blinds Contributes To Home Renovations On Buying And Selling With The Property Brothers »

September 02, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds Provides Window Coverings for a Popular Home Improvement TV Series
Orange, CA (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - Budget Blinds – the largest window coverings franchise in North America – supplied and installed window treatments as part of home renovations in select episodes of season 2 of Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers. The episodes begin airing on HGTV this fall in the United States and W network in Canada.
Each episode of Buying and Selling follows the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, as they help homeowners sell their current home and buy a new property that better fits their needs. Jonathan renovates and prepares the family's current home for a successful sale, while Drew checks out the best options for the family's new property while overseeing the selling of their old home...

Hertz Celebrates Three Years Of Industry-Leading Gold Plus Rewards Program »

September 02, 2014 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Awarding-Winning Loyalty Program Offers Free Enrollment, Easier Status Upgrades, Faster Rentals and More Rewards
NAPLES, Fla. - Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) is celebrating the three year anniversary of its award-winning Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® customer loyalty program and unveiling enhanced member benefits. Over the past year alone, the industry-leading loyalty program earned top honors for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com, and the 2013 COLLOQUY Loyalty Award, which recognizes groundbreaking innovations in loyalty marketing designed to enhance the consumer experience.
As part of the anniversary, Hertz hosted a summer-long promotion offering existing and new members the opportunity to earn double bonus points on weekly rentals...

Big Smoke Burger Opens In New York City »

September 02, 2014 at 8:16AM PDT | Source: Big Smoke Burger

Big Smoke Burger Opened Its 2nd U.S. Location
Toronto, Canada - Big Smoke Burger, the Toronto-based gourmet burger chain, opened this summer on 7th Ave in New York City, expanding on its existing U.S. franchise presence.
Marking the brand's 2nd location in the U.S. – Big Smoke Burger opened in Denver, CO in 2013 – and 13th location worldwide, Big Smoke Burger is expanding across Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East through a combination of company and franchise owned stores.
Big Smoke Burger is a dominant better burger chain in Canada, owned by restaurant veteran Mustafa Yusuf, whose menu offers always fresh, never frozen open-flame grilled beef, hand-cut fresh fries, traditional Canadian poutine, and healthy protein alternatives like veggie, chicken and lamb burgers, as well as unique signature sauces to give every burger distinctive flavor that you can't get elsewhere...

Latest Launch Trampoline Park Franchise Lands In 37,000 Square-foot Location In Watertown, Massachusetts »

September 02, 2014 at 8:01AM PDT | Source: Launch Trampoline Park

Launch Watertown will be the first park in the country with an inflatable stunt bag and jump tower attraction known as "Free Fall".
Watertown, MA (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 - Launch Franchising announced that their latest franchise will be located in Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. At 37,000 square feet, Launch Watertown will be the largest built by the company to date.
New features have been added to take advantage of the extra space, including slides on the main jumping court, long trampolines known as "tumble runs", "Xtreme" Dodgeball and an attraction known as "Free Fall" where visitors can jump from a tower into an inflatable stunt bag.
"We are always looking for new forms of indoor adventure, and free-falling into a stunt bag was high on the list...



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